|Purpose:||To draw barristers' attention to the practicalities relating to signing an application for legal aid (Form CRM 14)|
|Scope of application:||All practising criminal barristers|
|Issued by:||The Ethics Committee|
|Status and effect:||Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.|
This document provides clarification in relation to the permissibility of you completing and signing, as the legal representative, Part 31 of form CRM 14, “Application for Legal Aid in Criminal Proceedings” (formerly form “CDS 14”), issued by the Legal Aid Authority (“LAA”).
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This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.